Bruins Topples No. 1 Cats in Women Swimming

Nov. 11, 2000

Los Angeles- The 11th-ranked UCLA women's swimming and diving team took center stage Saturday afternoon at Men's Gym Pool, defeating top-ranked Arizona, 159-140. UCLA improved its dual meet record to 4-0 (2-0 Pac-10) on the season. Diving events were contested at USC's McDonald's Swim Complex. Swimming events were contested in short course, yards.

Senior Beth Goodwin swam superbly as she shaved .63 seconds of her NCAA qualifying time from yesterday's victory over Arizona State to claim the 100 Fly with a time of 54.41. Freshman Sara Platzer swam with the confidence of an upper classman and remained undefeated on the season after winning both the 50 free (23.67) and 10 free (50.49)

Arizona started the meet racking up points quickly, with a 69-43 lead after six events. Platzer's victory in the seventh event, the 50 Free, narrowed the gap to 73-58 at the first break, but the momentum was starting to shift.

Coach Tom Stebbins' diving corps came through in a big way as freshman Michelle Brown took the one-meter crown with a score of 264.45. Not far behind Brown were Regan Gosnell (248.60) and Anne Baghramian (237.60) who finished third and fourth, respectively.

Back at Men's Gym Pool, the meet continued to be a seesaw battle as Arizona's lead began to shrink. Platzer won the 100 free, countered by Arizona's Beth Botsford taking the 200 Back as Arizona clung to a 95-92 advantage after 10 events.

The Wildcats Sarah Tolar claimed the 500 Free, while Goodwin captured the 100 fly, tying the meet at 122-122.

The next event to be scored was the three-meter diving, which was won by UCLA's Brown, who claimed her second title of the day with a score of 255. That gave the Bruins a 134-129 lead going into the last two events of the meet, the 400 individual medley and the 200 free relay.

Another heralded UCLA freshman, Brooke Winkler, was ready to make her mark. Winkler claimed the 400 IM title with a time of 4:20.78. More importantly, Jen Noddle (4:24.21) and Cathy Coler (4:28.17) touched the wall in the third and fourth position, respectively, giving the Bruins a total of 14 points to give UCLA an insurmountable 148-134 lead.

Even with an Arizona victory in the 200 Free Relay, UCLA's performance in the 400 IM guaranteed the victory. For good measure, the team of Goodwin, Platzer, Erica Shugart and LeAnne Cadag won the 200 free relay to give the Bruins a 159-140 victory.

'This was a team effort,' said UCLA head coach Cyndi Gallagher. 'I was impressed with Beth Goodwin swimming an NCAA qualifying time for the second day in a row, and Sara Platzer also came through for us. Our team definitely stepped it up in the second half of the meet. We never talked about what we were going to do, we just went out and did it. When we were in range of a couple of points, we knew we had a chance. Brooke Winkler, Jen Noddle, Erin Zehntner and the divers really stepped it up.'

The diving events were competed in reverse order of scoring at USC's McDonald's Swim Complex, as the three-meter competition was contested first, then the one-meter. 'Michelle (Brown) did a great job throughout the day,' said Stebbins. 'After she won the three-meter, she was even more confident on the one-meter. She really had a great day.'

UCLA's swimmers return to action on Friday, Nov. 17 to participate in the three-day Northwestern Invitational. The diving team will next compete in the Trojan Invitational, Nov. 17-18.

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